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    by Published on 07-05-12 02:33 PM

    Under the new collective bargaining agreement, beginning this year teams are allowed to carry a 26th man on days in which they play doubleheaders. Obviously, the point here is to allow teams to bring up additional bullpen options so as to not create too much of a workload problem from having to play two games in one day. The Yankees and Red Sox just so happen to be playing a twin-billing this Saturday, and according to George King, Cory Wade will be recalled from Triple-A to be the 26th man for the Bombers. The last time we saw Wade he was biting the bullet by throwing 58 pitches to save the rest of the Ďpen, but he did just pitch a perfect inning in his first appearance with the Empire State Yankees, retiring the side in order on nine pitches, seven of which were strikes.

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    by Published on 07-05-12 02:05 PM

    Our Prospect of the Month award for June goes to (former) Charleston outfielder Mason Williams. Williams, the fastest rising star in the system over the offseason, had a tremendous output last month, breaking out of a slump that plagued him in much of May by hitting an impressive .351/.381/.617 in June. The most impressive, and encouraging, part of his performance was the explosion in power production. In addition to the eight doubles and one triple he hit last month, Williams added five home runs, including a stretch of hitting four home runs in five games from June 21st to June 25th.

    Much like his hot start to the season, Williams didnít show much interest in taking his walks, drawing a total of just three all month, but unlike that early season contact-fest, the strikeouts were there for him this month, 15 of them to be exact. A 15-3 strikeout to walk ratio isnít exactly a good thing, but given the combination of average and power, and the five bases he stole while being caught just once, itís definitely something everyone can live with if itís sustainable.

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